In December 2010, the City of Brentwood acquired 320 acres of the historic Ravenswood Farm property on Wilson Pike (MAP) from the family of the late Marcella and Reese Smith for development as a park. Another 80 acres was acquired in late 2013 as an option from the 2010 purchase. The park, known as the Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, officially opened to the public on November 8, 2014 and is the largest park in Brentwood.
With forested wildlife habitats in their natural state and hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts, the land adds a new feature to the City’s comprehensive park system. The site also has sufficient land for additional multipurpose athletic fields.
The property also includes the historic Ravenswood mansion. Ravenswood was built in 1825 by James Hazard Wilson II. It was named for Sam Houston whom the Indians affectionately called “the Raven”. Houston was best man at the wedding ceremony of Wilson and his bride Emeline in 1821. For a history of the Ravenswood property, please click here.
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Park Master Plan
|The City of Brentwood completed a master plan to guide the development of Smith Park. The plan calls for the park to be accessed from a new road that would connect to Wilson Pike opposite Split Log Road to create a four-way intersection. This new access road will include a bridge over the CSX railroad and elimination of the existing at-grade driveway railroad crossing. Planned internal park improvements include renovation of the Ravenswood home and surrounding historic facilities for use by the public for special events (i.e. weddings, corporate events, etc.), development of hiking trails and associated trail heads within the wooded areas of the property, construction of four unlit multipurpose athletic fields used primarily for practice purposes, and a paved multi-use trail that will connect to the City's existing trail network. The plan also includes an area reserved for possible development of segregated mountain bike trails.
Phase I improvements were completed in October of 2014, with a Grand Opening on November 8, 2014. The first phase consisted of the access road and bridge, parking, utilities and site work, and renovation of the home.
Smith Park has over 6 miles of rugged hiking trails for your enjoyment. Trails are color-coded according to the map below, which you can download and carry with you on your smartphone. There is only one restroom facility, located at the main trailhead near the parking lot. Bring plenty of water and good shoes/hiking boots. You may also want to bring your camera, as the wildlife is abundant and the scenery is beautiful. Enjoy your hike!
Hiking Trails Map (click to download .pdf)